This is an easy lakeside amble along the quiet side of Derwentwater, leading you through the tranquil parkland at Brandelhow, birthplace of the National Trust in the Lake District. Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the Trust, planted a tree at the official opening of Brandelhow to the public in October 1902.
Have a look at our downloadable route map
Standing on Hawes End Jetty, turn left and head south along the wide track that runs parallel to
the lake shore for half a mile. Hawes End Jetty: The Keswick Launch Company runs boats in both
directions around the lake throughout summer. In winter, it runs a restricted timetable - it's a great
way to arrive but do check their website first.
The wide track you're on will be joined from the right by another track. Continue through the park
with trees on your left, through a narrow band of trees and on towards the lakeshore where you'll see
Low Brandlehow jetty.
At Low Brandlehow jetty, keep heading south (to your right) and follow the lakeshore path. The
path will take you past the hands sculpture, and gets a little rougher and muddier as it follows the
lakeshore to High Brandlehow jetty where there's a picnic table and a nice place to pause and rest
Continue along the lake shore until you reach the next jetty at High Brandelhow, then make a sharp
'U-turn' onto the upper track in the wood, passing under the line of large Douglas fir trees. Follow this
upper path all the way back to the Hawes End Adventure Centre.
As you walk back through the woods, ignore side-paths to the left and right and stay on the main
path. You'll get glimpses of the lake, and you'll pass by the traditional stone barn.
You'll pass beside Hawes End Adventure Centre, coming onto a road, then look for a track to your
right which is signposted 'Hawes End Jetty'. This will take you back to the Jetty and complete the
Top Tip: Arriving by boat takes the stress out of finding somewhere to park - and gives you a great view of the lake.
Start/Finish: Hawes End Jetty, Derwentwater, grid ref: NY 250 213
Distance: 3.6 miles (7.8km)
Terrain: The route starts at the Hawes End Jetty, follows the lakeshore and returns through woodland. Low-level
lakeside and woodland paths, paths mostly even with some rough patches and gentle inclines. Dogs are
welcome. Please keep them under close control, particuarly at lambing time.
Time to complete the walk: 1-2 hours